The concept of relaxation

The past week has been full-on with final uni assignments and part-time work. I have been sick as well for the past week, with a cough that just won’t stop. The worst part is how everyone says “you just need to relax and take some time out.” I know this will help. That doesn’t mean…

It’s Not Easy But I Won’t Let My IBD Define Me

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We’ve all said it before: “I won’t let IBD define me.”  Despite the sincerity of this statement, it is truly difficult to carry out.  There are times when we can’t avoid it and have to let others take care of us.  It mirrors what Stuart Scott said about his battle…

Treat your gut right

Hello all, Going to take a step back today and tone it down a bit so it’s not as depressing as my last post. It is not only Wednesday my dudes, but also National Nutrition Week! So, I think it might be nice to talk about all the foods that make us feel better. I…

The dark truth

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a while, I’ve had so much going on that I haven’t even had time to dive into retail therapy yet and buy something nice. However, I will make it up to you and post not the usual two times, but three times this week (today, Wednesday and Fri-yay)!…

Love-hate relationships with trigger foods

Hello fellow Crohnies! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was terrible, I have five assessments this week so I have had to most unhealthy weekend filled with classic study foods. Last night, I ate a whole pack of Oreos and have had so much coffee, that I can feel the adverse effects on not only my…

Tips for travelling with an uncontrollable disease

Imagine exploring the dungeons of London Tower, of having a croissant in a bakery overlooking the Eiffel Tower, taking a tour through history and visiting the Colosseum in Rome, or even going to an iconic cat café in Tokyo. Yeah, that’s what goes through my mind when people tell me to relax or take a…

Train your brain!

Hey everyone, how are we all doing? I know I spoke about how to physically stay fit this summer considering our fatigued based lifestyle and struggle to not feel bloated or desperate for the toilet. However, now I’m going to talk about staying mentally active. It’s important that we strengthen both our muscles and our…

How to stay fit this summer

Being sick taught me one thing, it was that exercise was almost impossible. Fatigue is literally your worst enemy. Despite the old hole in the leg situation, I was faced with a swollen body from lack of mobility and always wanted to sleep. THEN when I didn’t want to sleep, I wanted to eat or…

Sex, friends and chronic disease: Part. 2

In the wise words of Matthew McConaughey, “alright, alright, alright” let’s face the facts with how much of a shit-storm it is to date with a freaking inflamed digestive system. Luckily, my boyfriend was with me before I was diagnosed with UC, so I didn’t have to impress him or sugar-coat the fact that I…

Sex, friends and chronic disease: Part. 1

Not sure about all of you guys, but my Colitis had been a real bummer on my ability to maintain my relationships. It was hard when I was first diagnosed because I was a fresh, 19 and ready to waste all my money on Tequila shots every weekend and get loose and messy at parties….

Why we should embrace our insecurities.

Sorry I have not posted recently, I have been overwhelmed with uni work, part-time work and 21stseason. However, here I am once again. In the last post I forgot to address how IBD can impact on body image. We all know that body image is directly linked to our mental health, so it’s an important…

IBD and mental illness.

The issue with IBD is that it is not just physical, but also an emotionally and mentally straining illness. One problem I faced when my disease was active, was the stress and anxiety that if I go out to uni, work or even socially, was that I would not be able to make it to a…